South Africa vs Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka might be considering a couple of changes for the second of three Tests against South Africa, to start at Newlands in Cape Town on Monday (January 2), after being let down by members of both the batting and bowling departments in the 206-run loss in Port Elizabeth in the first Test.

The day before the second Test, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan captain, spoke about the need for his team to be mentally tough, but hinted that there could be some changes in the playing XI.

South Africa looked certain to go into the match with an unchanged playing XI, but Sri Lanka doesn’t have the same luxury.

Mathews said that Kusal Perera, the attacking left-hand batsman, might have to rework his strategy. Perera, the No. 3 batsman, was dismissed for seven and six in the first Test after playing ill-judged cut shots, and though Mathews didn’t want the youngster to change his natural game, he did say that slashing the South African pacers on bouncy pitches “wasn’t the right game plan”.